'''Jesse Frederick Essary''' (August 22, 1881 – March 11, 1942) was an American journalist, part of the White House press corps
in the decades before the Second World War.
Born in Washburn, Tennessee., north of Knoxville, on August 22, 1881, Essary was the son of attorney John Thurman Essary and Maetta Hill Essary. He graduated from Nashville's Montgomery Bell Academy
in 1899, attended Emory and Henry College
, and entered the newspaper trade in 1903 with the ''Norfolk Ledger'' in Virginia. With a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Essary was one of just two reporters on hand at Kitty Hawk in April 1908 as the Wright brothers made their first public flights, disproving skeptics who had called them “better liars than flyers.”.
Essary moved on to become Washington correspondent for a series of papers before 1912 settling in at the ''Baltimore Sun'', where he remained for the rest of his 39-year career.
Essary went to Versailles with...